Master of Arts (MA)

School Leadership

with Ohio Principal Licensure

Online 33 credit hours * 2 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% principal internship completion rate for the 2018-2019 academic year

As of last year, we had the largest population of principal interns in the state of Ohio

Professors and Advisors readily available

Accessible interaction with classmates

The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) has endorsed the following Principal Licensure program. This is one of the most popular licensure programs in the state and also one of the most affordable. Aligned with standards for Ohio Educators & Principals, this 33 credit hour (2-year completion time) program is being offered under $14,600 (Master of Arts in School Leadership with Ohio Principal Licensure).

Licensure Program Highlights

  • Up to 50% transfer credits considered
  • Approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Under $14,600 for Master of Arts in School Leadership with Ohio Principal Licensure
  • ONLY 33 credit hours (includes internship)
  • Aligned with standards for Ohio Educators & Principals
  • Can be completed in 2 years
  • No special computer skills required; user-friendly format
  • Our programs are built with busy educators in mind, which allows our students to be successful throughout their journeys. Plus, our team is here to help you navigate each step, from your application through your internship, and even after you graduate.

Areas of Study

EDL 6121Ohio: Supervision and Improvement of Instruction**3
EDL 6131Ohio: School Evaluation & Changes Processes**3
EDL 6241Ohio: Instructional Leadership**3
EDL 6300Ohio: Ethics of School Leadership**3
EDL 6310Ohio: Schools, Family, Community Partnerships**3
EDL 6220School Organization and Human Resources**3
EDL 6201School Finance & Business Management**3
EDL 6983Ohio: School Leadership: Internship I**3
EDL 6984Ohio: School Leadership: Internship II**3
EDL 6231School Law**3
RES 6600Research in Education3
 Total Credit Hours:33

Courses with ** are required for Ohio Principal Licensure.

Tuition Guarantee

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $425 for MA – School Leadership. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $16 per credit hour ($48 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications), and a $143 graduation fee. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum bachelor’s GPA of 2.85 for standard admission (if a student has an earned Master’s Degree of 3.00 or higher with a bachelor’s of less than a 2.85 they are still eligible for standard admission based on the MA 3.00).
  • Students may be granted probationary admission for one semester if they have a bachelor’s degree with an earned GPA of at least 2.25 through 2.84.
  • 2 years teaching experience in grade level(s) of teaching license
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • Copy of Ohio teacher license

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a “pending” student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.ed.gov800-4-FED AID

NOTE: Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.